Wednesday, June 30, 2010

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] A Global Survey of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conservation Options

Dear all,

My name is Ruifei Tang. I am a PhD student from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) with research focus on conservation and empowerment of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). As part of my degree, I am carrying out a questionnaire survey -- A Global Survey of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conservation Options. This survey aims to explore global patterns of  TEK conservation practices, and facilitate sharing its 'best' practices across regions. The questionnaire contains nine questions, and may take 10-15 minutes to fill out.  

I am inviting TEK-focused researchers, organisations and indigenous communities to participate in this study. There are three versions of the questionnaire, please choose one that is appropriate to your role.
The survey for Researchers:
The survey for Community members: 
The survey for Organisations: 
Your participation is very important to my research!  I would also much appreciate if you agree to an 10-15 minutes follow-up interview about TEK conservation in details. Please see the option at the end of the questionnaire. Should you feel the need to withdraw from the project, you may do so at any time before I analyse the data (before March 31th 2011). 
The results will be put into an anonymous basis. It will not be possible for you to be identified personally. All materials collected will be kept confidential. The questionnaires will be destroyed five years after the end of the project. A summary of the results will be returned to you if you choose so (please see the option in the Questionnaire). I will also set up a web page to publish results in aggregate. The results will only be submitted for academic purposes, including thesis marking, publication in scholarly journals, and/or for conference papers.  

Great thanks for your time and support to my research! Please feel free to pass my survey to your colleagues who maybe interested in this research. If you have any questions or further interest in this research, please contact me at  
Hope we can stay in touch and share more information and experiences.

Best regards,

Ruifei Tang
PhD Candidate
School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
PO Box 600 Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone: +64-4-463 5233-8619
Mobile: +64-211404448


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